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Bishop Auckland Past & Present

88 pages, A4. Over 270 illustrations, including 150 colour photographs.

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Bishop Auckland: A Century of Postcards

by Tom Hutchinson

60 pages A5. Over 100 postcards of the town spanning 100 years.

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Bridges of the River Wear

by Keith Cockerill

128 pages, A5 with over 200 illustrations, some in colour of the bridges over the river from its source in Weardale to where it enters the North Sea at Sunderland.

RRP £12.99. Special price £7.99

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Islands of England – North East and Yorkshire

By Geoffrey Berriman

This book, which is the first in a series of six about the islands of England, covers islands in the North East and Yorkshire. The author has travelled widely to visit or see and also research into the history of many different types of island; mention is therefore made of inland islands as well as coastal islands. Some former islands, which have now disappeared, are also included.

The book is well illustrated with photographs and both modern and historic maps.

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John Thomas Saunders – A Seventy Year Search for a Bishop Auckland Soldier’s Grave

In  August 1944 Joseph and Florence Saunders of Bishop Auckland were informed by the War Office that their son John Thomas had died, whilst a prisoner of war in German hands, on the 21 July 1944. There was no confirmation of the location and marking of his burial plot, so consequently his name was engraved on the Dunkirk Memorial set up to commemorate those who lost their lives during the campaign of 1939/40 and who had no known grave.

This book is the story of the 70 year search for the grave of this Bishop Auckland soldier as told by local historian Tom Hutchinson, nephew of John Thomas.

Included are documents, maps, black and white photographs and coloured photographs from the Rededication Service for John Thomas Saunders in Poland in August 2014.

The book is a 48 page paperback, A5 size, with 50p of every sale going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Newton Cap & Toronto

by Tom Hutchinson

Two communities by the River Wear in Bishop Auckland.

52 pages, A4 with over 150 illustrations. Price £7. Published 2011.

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North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s

Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.

‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.

With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.

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North East Life in the 1960s

by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

‘North East Life in the 1960s’ recalls a memorable decade – thought by many to be one of the most exciting periods in our history. The music scene had everything from Beatlemania, to local lads in The Animals achieving worldwide success and some of the great artists coming to the North East. The night scene was vibrant with clubs such as the La Dolce Vita in Newcastle where Tom Jones, at the height of his fame, appeared in 1966. Also in that year there was the greatest day in English football when England won the World Cup at Wembley and had in the team Bobby and Jackie Charlton from Ashington. Other memories include 1960s fashion, work, schooldays, entertainment, holidays and jazz bands.

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North East Life in the 1970s

By Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

‘North East Life in the 1970s’ features many local events, people and stories. The music scene had artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting. On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads and When The Boat Comes In. The region’s industrial past is recalled with shipbuilding and mining as well as industrial action that led to power cuts. Flares and other 70s fashions are remembered. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams – Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans.

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North East Life in the 1980s

by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

In ‘North East Life in the 1980s’ the authors share their memories of fashions; early computers and video recorders; popular toys and games; happy times at Metroland; first holidays abroad and concerts at Newcastle City Hall. The decade saw many new developments in the region such as the opening of the Metro transport system, the MetroCentre and Nissan’s car factory. Also featured in the book is the music of the 1980s as well as television shows and films set in the North East such as the hugely popular TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. There were also many other days to remember such as the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub coming to the Tyne and the biggest musicians in the world playing at St James’ Park, Roker Park and Gateshead Stadium.

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Page Bank Remembered

48 page, A4 size, paperback book with over 100 black & white illustrations and maps. The village, situated between Spennymoor and Brancepeth, sprang from a green field site in the middle of the 19th century, thrived for over 70 years through its coal mine, coke ovens and brickworks, and which gradually disappeared after battling local bureaucracy, but was finally beaten by a force of nature 50 years ago – the flood waters of the River Wear.

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Pit Ponies

by Mike Kirkup

Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.

Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.

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Tindale Crescent & Fylands Bridge

48 pages, A4. Over 100 photographs about the history, industry and people of this community on the south-west side of Bishop Auckland.

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Wartime Memories Stories of the Second World War in the North East

by Andrew Clark

Although the Second World War ended over seventy years ago, many of the storytellers in this book have vivid recollections of their experiences of evacuation, the Home Guard, air raids, rationing, the black-out or VE Day.

Alongside people’s memories, are also unique old photographs as well as wartime memorabilia that many will remember – Identity Cards, Ration Books, Propaganda Posters and Public Information Leaflets. These documents give first hand information available at the time of the war and are an insight into the lives of people in the 1930s and ’40s.

Over 100 illustrations.

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